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Air Conditioning Technology

Design, build, and maintain climate control systems through hands-on training for a career as a heating, ventilation and air conditioning technician.

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What is Air Conditioning Technology

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at Somerset Community College is a two-year area of study for students interested in the heating and air conditioning service field. Students receive training in several areas of HVAC, including: installation and servicing heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment. This program includes instructional units that provide students with an understanding of wiring diagrams associated troubleshooting HVAC equipment; geo-thermal design and troubleshooting; heat/load and duct design; gas, electric, and heat pump installations and repair.

Units of instruction are designed to include lecture and practical experience in the lab or on-site projects. This program also offers an excellent prerequisite for students who plan to pursue a career in areas such as HVAC sales, building maintenance, duct testing and cleaning, energy auditor, and air quality controller.

The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning program is designed to prepare students for an entry-level position as an apprentice HVAC mechanic.

Successful students will be eligible for a HVAC Journeyman License after two years of education, working 1,500 hours as an apprentice under a Kentucky Master HVAC Contractor, and passing the State HVAC Journeyman Exam. After working as a Journeyman, under a Kentucky Master HVAC Mechanic for two years the student can be eligible to take the Master HVAC test and become a licensed HVAC Master.

Progress in the Air Conditioning Technology program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or better in each technical and mathematics course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better. (on a 4.0 scale)

What are my career choices?

  • Air Balance Apprentice
  • HVAC Installer
  • Air Conditioning Technician
  • Air Quality Controller
  • HVAC Technician
  • Boiler Maintenance
  • Refrigeration Installer
  • Refrigeration Technician
  • Service Technician
  • Sales Representative
  • Start-Up Technician

What classes do I have to take?

Some of the courses you will take include Basic Refrigeration, Commercial Refrigeration, Cooling and Dehumidification, Heating and Humidification, HVAC Electricity and Electrical Components.

Program Overview (pdf)

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Certificates

First Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 100 - Refrigeration Fundamentals 3
ACR 101 - Refrigeration Fundamentals Lab 2
ACR 102 - HVAC Electricity AND 3
ACR 103 - HVAC Electricity Lab OR Comparable Electricity Course* 2
Transitional Reading (3)

Total semester credit hours: 10

Second Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 130 - Electrical Component AND (3)
ACR 131 Electrical Component Lab OR Comparable Electrical Course* (2)
Transitional Math (3)

Total semester credit hours: 5

Total certificate credits hours: 15

*Comparable Electricity Courses:
EET 154 Electrical Construction I AND
EET 155 Electrical Construction I Lab OR
ETT 112 Basic Electrical Theory: Tele-net-working AND
ETT 113 Basic Electrical Theory Lab OR
ENGT 110 Circuits I OR
IMT 110 Industrial Maintenance Electrical Principles AND
IMT 111 Industrial Maintenance Electrical Principles

First Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 100 - Refrigeration Fundamentals 3
ACR 101 - Refrigeration Fundamentals Lab 2
ACR 102 - HVAC Electricity AND 3
ACR 103 - HVAC Electricity Lab OR Comparable Electricity Course* 3
Transitional Reading (3)

Total semester credit hours: 10

Second Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 130 - Electrical Component 3
ACR 131 - Electrical Component Lab 2
ACR 250 - Cooling and Dehumidification 3
ACR 251 - Cooling and Dehumidification Lab 2
ACR 260 - Heating and Humidification 3
ACR 261 - Heating and Humidification Lab 3
Transitional Math (3)

Total semester credit hours: 16

Total certificate credit hours: 26

*Comparable Electricity Courses:
EET 154 Electrical Construction I AND
EET 155 Electrical Construction I Lab OR
ETT 112 Basic Electrical Theory: Tele-net-working AND
ETT 113 Basic Electrical Theory Lab OR
ENGT 110 Circuits I OR
IMT 110 Industrial Maintenance Electrical Principles AND
IMT 111 Industrial Maintenance Electrical Principles

First Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 100 - Refrigeration Fundamentals 3
ACR 101 - Refrigeration Fundamentals Lab 2
ACR 102 - HVAC Electricity AND 3
ACR 103 - HVAC Electricity Lab OR Comparable Electricity Course* 2
Transitional Reading (3)

Total semester credit hours: 10

Second Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 130 - Electrical Components 3
ACR 131 - Electrical Components Lab 2
ACR 250 - Cooling and Dehumidification 3
ACR 251 - Cooling and Dehumidification Lab 2
Transitional Math (3)

Total semester credit hours: 10

Third Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 200 - Commercial Refrigeration 3
ACR 201 - Commercial Refrigeration Lab 2
ACR 210 - Ice Machines 3
Transitional Classes (3)

Total semester credit hours: 8

Total certificate credit hours: 28

First Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 100 Refrigeration Fundamentals 3
ACR 101 Refrigeration Fundamentals Lab 2
ACR 102 HVAC Electricity AND 3
ACR 103 HVAC Electricity Lab OR Comparable Electricity Course* 2
Transitional Reading (3)

Total semester credit hours: 10

Second Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 170 - Heat Load/Duct Design 3
ACR 250 - Cooling and Dehumidification 3
ACR 251 - Cooling and Dehumidification Lab 2
ACR 130 - Electrical Component 3
ACR 131 - Electrical Component Lab 2
Transitional Math (3)

Total semester credit hours: 13

Third semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 260 - Heating and Humidification 3
ACR 261 - Heating and Humidification Lab 3
ACR 270 - Heat Pump Application 3
ACR 271 - Heat Pump Application Lab 2
ACR 290 - Journeyman Preparation 3
Transitional Classes (3)

Total semester credit hours: 14

Total certificate credit hours: 37

Diploma

First Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 100 - Refrigeration Fundamentals  3
ACR 101 - Refrigeration Fundamentals Lab 2
ACR 102 - HVAC Electricity AND 3
ACR 103 - HVAC Electricity Lab OR Comparable Electricity Course* 2
ACR 295 - Special Problems III (EPA Certification) (Elective) 3
CIT 105 - Computer Literacy Course/ Digital Literacy course OR demonstrated competency 0-3
Transitional Reading (3)

Total semester credit hours: 13-16

Second Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 170 - Heat Load/Duct Design 3
ACR 250 - Cooling and Dehumidification 3
ACR 251 - Cooling and Dehumidification Lab 2
ACR 130 - Electrical Component 3
ACR 131 - Electrical Component Lab 2
Transitional Math (3)
Social Science, Behavioral Science, Natural/Applied
Science or Mathematics
3

Total semester credit hours: 16

Third Semester
Class Credit hours
ACR 260 Heating and Humidification 3
ACR 261 Heating and Humidification Lab 3
ACR 270 Heat Pump Application 3
ACR 271 Heat Pump Application Lab 2
ACR 290 Journeyman Preparation (Elective) 3
ACR 298 Practicum (Elective) 2
Writing/Accessing information, Oral Communications,
Humanities/Heritage/Foreign Language
3
Transitional Classes (3)

Total semester credit hours: 19

Total diploma credit hours: 48-51

*Comparable Electricity Courses:
EET 154 - Electrical Construction I AND
EET 155 - Electrical Construction I Lab OR
ETT 112 - Basic Electrical Theory: Tele-net-working AND
ETT 113 - Basic Electrical Theory Lab OR
ENGT 110 - Circuits I OR
IMT 110 - Industrial Maintenance Electrical Principles AND
IMT 111 - Industrial Maintenance Electrical Principles

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Eddie Brown

Air Conditioning Technology

Program Advisor

606.878.4722

eddie.brown@kctcs.edu